Happy Memorial Day everyone!  It's Traci, from Artsy Albums, back to share my latest Sn@p album with you.  I decided to make an album that highlights my life in 2017.  Everything from time spent with family and friends, to trips and celebrations.  I also wanted to incorporate my spiritual side ... prayers, bible study notes, etc.  The Faith collection was perfect for all of this.

 
I used white card stock, and covered it with papers from the Faith 12x12 collection, as well as the 6x8 paper pad.  The title on one of the 3x4 elements cards, "Hope, Faith, and Miracles" was perfect for my cover, especially since we welcomed a new little miracle to our family last year.  
 
I really like incorporating the 4x6 vertical page protectors into my Sn@p albums ... it allows me to include extra journaling spots, photos, and the collection's awesome 4x6 element cards. 
 
Our little miracle doesn't look too happy in this photo (smile). 
 
 
I make a lot of flip cards and pockets in my albums.  I think it makes the album more interesting, and it help me to get more photos and journaling on my pages.
This "Pray" sticker is from the 4x6 Faith sticker package.  These packs are great because they have alpha/number stickers, tabs, icons and small captions that are perfect for smaller spaces like mini albums and planners.
These photos are from a recent trip my husband and I took to Greenville, SC with some friends.  We went on a Segway tour of the city.  If you've never done this, do it!  It's a lot of fun,  and pretty easy after 10 minutes of practice.  
 
For Mother's Day we visited my in laws in Chattanooga.  I usually don't take tons of photos on weekend trips, so my Sn@p album pockets are perfect for documenting the highlights.  The chipboard globe in the Faith collection reminds me of travel .... so cute!
What can I say ... this little sweetness has my heart!  Having a granddaughter has been one of the biggest joys in my life.  I'm sure when I look back on my 2017 album in the future, most of the photos will be of her, ha ha!  
 
Well thanks for letting me share a few pages of my 2017 album with you!  I hope you'll stop by my Artsy Albums blog and say hello sometime!  

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Hi there, Nathalie here with some new projects using some of the fun and beautiful collections from Simple Stories.  

This time i chose to document two different snapshots of my fun loving family!, and the new collections Cabin Fever and Emoji love were perfect to bring this pictures to live.  Let me show you:

TAKE A HIKE

My husband is passionate about camping and the great outdoors, something he has passed on to our kids.  For this picture of our family hiking around Lake Simcoe, I used the colors and patterns in the new Cabin Fever collection to complete this page.

To create the background, two cut files from the Cut Shoppe were fused together to create a compass. The  star in the middle of the compass was backed with vellum, while the two outer rings of the compass were back with the 'Roughing It', and 'Under The Stars' papers from the collection.  The compass was then glued to the right of the b side of the " Nature  Hike" paper, and trimmed to fit within the edge of the page.

There are so many coordinating embellishments in this collection, that i just had to use as many as i could to frame the picture.   I layered some of the 4x6  element cut-out cards from the collection behind the picture, and glued it between the N and W corner of the compass.   I created the first cluster at the center of the compass by using some sentiments from the Combo Sticker sheet, Bits and Pieces, and 4x6 sticker sheets.

A second cluster was created around the top corner of the picture, here i used pulled some of the beautiful flower chipboard stickers, the boot print brad, and some stickers and die cuts from the collection.  I love the brads from this collection!,  in fact I am hoarding a few of them in my stash!!

Can you tell I love cut files?  I used another design from the Cut Shoppe to create the title of this piece, I used the remaining piece of the "Under the Stars" paper to back the cut-out, and glued it below the picture.  I had to repeat the foot print design -as in the brad-, and chose the Chipboard stickers;   this time, a small cluster was created with some of the Bits and pieces, Combo sticker sheet and another brad ( i love the brads!!!). 

To finish the page, I trimmed a bit of the left and bottom edges of the page, and glued the entire mat to the "Summer Camp" paper from the collection.  I added  a few lines of journal around the perimeter of the compass to complete this page.   I love how i was able to combine the picture with the earthy tones of this collection.   Trust me, you need a bit of Cabin Fever to document your outdoorsy adventures!

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This project is all about the super fun Emoji Love collection, and one of the funniest pictures of my 3 kids.   Sometimes the stars align, and you get that lucky shot, this is exactly how this picture came to be, and  the best way to document it was using all the icons in the collection.

The idea for this layout came after sharing this picture with my family overseas.   It all started from a camera snapshot, followed by the picture going to our family group, and then the reactions  are still coming in.  So, I started by recreating the camera icon in this collection.  I drew the image on trace paper, and used it to build the icon from papers from the 6x8 paper pad and some hand stitching.   This took a bit of time, as I wanted to add details, and texture to this element.

To make the colors of this layout shine, I opted to use white cardstock as the base.  I cut two wide strips of  "YAY" paper, and glued it to the sides of the cardstock; next  two strips of the "Too Cool" paper were cut ( narrower than the previous strips), and glued on top of the previous strips.   The finished camera element was then glued to the bottom of the page, and I used Chipboard stickers, die cut pieces, the combo sticker sheet , and brads to add the cluster on the camera.

To recreate the posting, I cut a speech bubble out of cardstock, and used it to frame the picture of my kids. It was then glued above the camera element, and lots of icons were then glued around it.  Since there is so many icons, speech bubbles and emojis in the collection, I pulled pieces from all the embellishments in the collection to create the clusters around the picture.  I even used the LOL chipboard sticker as the title for this piece.  Here is final layout:

OMG, this layout is just the perfect representation of  this social media post.   I love it!.   The emoji collection is by far one of the funnest collections to date.

I hope the two projects  here inspire you to document those fun family moments. The new Simple Stories collection are so diverse, fun, innovative that you can easily scrap from outdoor hikes to the common social media post.  The possibilities are infinite with the new Simple Stories collections.  I cannot wait to see what you create with them.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Hello Everyone! It's Jomelle here today sharing my project using the Faith collection. I was raised in a religious family. Growing up, I remember that we always go to church for mass every Sunday. I even went to Catholic School during my Elementary Days. Having my own family, I truly try my best to keep the Christian Catholic Faith. Part of that is to have my children attend Faith Formation Education Classes and to make sure that they receive the Sacraments of Initiation.

The Faith Collection is perfect for my memory keeping of the Holy Sacraments that my family celebrate and will celebrate in the future.
 

This is what I call "Pocket Love" I used mostly bits and pieces to decorate my pockets. I love the hint of yellow everywhere.
 

The cover of this Doc it Journal is already beautiful. I just added some butterfly chipboard stickers and some enamel dots to add a little 3D effect.
 

 

 I used lots of layering to decorate the cover page of my journal. I love using doilies and have them peeking out from behind.
 

Here is the first Sacrament of Initiation-Baptism. I wanted to document my daughter's baptism to remember the day she was welcomed into the Christian world and became the child of God. This is a very special occasion for her and for our family.
 

 
I was lucky enough that one of our family member was able to photograph my daughter being baptized. 
 

Close up of the picture where my daughter is being baptized with the Holy water.
 

 I made a peek-a-boo page. The scallops edges also adds a nice touch to this page.
 

Next Sacrament of Initiation is the First Holy Communion.
 

 
My son Jaden's First  Holy Communion. This was a big deal for my son. He was actually excited and I was excited for him because he now knows the meaning behind taking the "bread" during Sunday mass. I wanted him to know that is he receiving Jesus into our body and soul.
 

I actually ran out of some letters of the alpha stickers in the same color to spell the words I wanted on this page, so ended up using both colors. I didn't think I was going to like it but it actually turned out pretty good.
 

I had to take a picture of this eye candy bits and pieces and washi tapes. I always use these with all my planner projects. They are super fun and I just love the vivid colors.
 

 
Thank you for stopping by. I hope to add more in my Faith Memory keeping Journal in the future when my oldest son receives his Confirmation. Have a nice day!

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Happy Friday, friends!  It's Layle back with you again today for the final day of our Spring 2017 Carpe Diem Reveal!  If you missed us this week, you can catch Day 1 here & Day 2 here.   You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Who's ready for Day 3 of our Carpe Diem Release?!  Today brings two MORE new A5 a la carte planners, a bunch of new Essentials, and more!!  

Two years ago we introduced the original Carpe Diem collection - a bright, cheery selection of A5 Boxed Sets & playful planning accessories.  We're super excited to introduce additonal products that coordinate with that original collection, including two brand new printed a la carte A5 planners!  These new Carpe Diem planners & accessories are shipping in June - YES!, that's next month!!  

You're going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new Floral Dot and Black Speckle planners - 

Monthly Inserts are available a la carte so you can add to either of these new A5 planners or to your existing planner.

Gorgeous Dividers for customizing and adding additional sections to your planner - 

Pockets - perfect for tucking stickers & other accessories in for planning on the go

Dashboards & Pocket Cards - perfect for adding a little decorative touch

Our Bookmark Tablets are great for note taking & storing in the back inside pocket of our planners for easy access

Insta Quote Stickers are sized to fit the squares on your Monthly Dividers - a quick & easy way to decorate with style!

Wrapping things up are the Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers.  With 9 4x6 sticker sheets of dated calendars - July 2017 through December 2018 - and 6 stickers for each month, they're great for not only adding to your Monthly spread, but also to each of your weekly spreads as well!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned we also have introduced a slew of new Planner Essentials - those workhorse products that you'll keep going back to again and again and again!  

Hip hip hooray - the A5 Punch is on its way!  Shipping to retailers in early June!!

To kick things off, how about Seasons Sticker Tablets in both A5 and Personal sizes?  With 12 sticker sheets - one for each month of the year! - you'll have an assortment of coordinating stickers for each month at your fingertips to decorate your planner as the months & seasons change!

With gorgeous, neutral designs, these next products make it easy to incorporate into your daily planning, regardless of your planning style.

New Bookmarks - both A5 and Personal - make it a breeze to mark your spot in your planner for quick & easy access

How about A5 and Personal Bookmark Tablets

With the addition of Personal planners this release, we couldn't skip these essentials - Personal Daily and Horizontal Weekly Inserts!

Although not part of the Planner Essentials collection, we just knew these next 2 products were a necessity after seeing the response to their A5 counterparts released earlier this year - introducing Faith Inserts and a Sticker Tablet, sized for Personal planners :)

So there you have it, the final day of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories!  The New Carpe Diem planners & accessories featured on this post along with the A5 Punch are shipping to retailers early June Bliss; the Planner Essentials products ship in September.   

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win either the Floral Dot or Black Speckle A5 a la carte planner?!  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

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Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday, June 1st, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think the final day of of our Carpe Diem release!

Thanks so much for joining us this week, we loved sharing all of our new products with you!   

Good morning!  Layle back with you again today for the 2nd of 3 days of our Spring 2017 Carpe Diem Reveal!  If you missed us yesterday, you can catch yesterday's reveal here.   Be sure to check back with us again tomorrow for one final day of new products + another chance to win our new products before you can buy them!  

You can also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Who's ready for Day 2 of our Carpe Diem Release?!  Today brings two MORE brand new designs - Bliss and Good Vibes - along with a new A5 boxed set, another gorgeous 16 month dated spiral planner, a 3rd Traveler's Notebook and more!!  

Our Grape A5 a la carte planner has been so popular since we released it in January, we knew we wanted to follow up with a Boxed Set!  Bliss is the beautiful new line of inserts & accessories - 

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard AND 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning, right out of the box!

When it comes to Bliss A5 accessories, we've got you covered.  Of course, we've also added the A5 Bliss Monthly Insert set a la carte so you can add to your existing planners :)

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Bliss as well!   With 12 full sheets of stickers in each A5 tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your A5 planner.

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned not one but two new designs in today's release, so let me also introduce you to Good Vibes

Kicking off the new Good Vibes collection is the 2nd of our two NEW Spiral PlannersDated - yes, DATED!! - September 2017 through December 2018, with gold rings and metal corners, 2 sticker sheets and gold foil accents throughout, you're going to love this new addition to the Carpe Diem line of products!

Here's a peek at the insides - 

Good news, if you're loving the vibe of Good Vibes, we're also offering a Personal Monthly Insert Set that you can use to customize one of the brand new a la carte Carpe Diem Personal Planners !   

How about a mini sticker tablet, perfect for adding to both your Good Vibes Spiral planner AND Personal Inserts?!   With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Rounding out the Good Vibes accessories is the Aztec Black & White Traveler's Notebook, the 3rd of our new Traveler's Notebooks.  Don't you just love this pattern?!

 

So there you have it, part 2 of 3 full days of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories.  Bliss & Good Vibes are shipping to retailers in September, with the exception of the Good Vibes Spiral Planner which ships in early August!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new Bliss A5 Boxed Set or Aztec Black & White Traveler's Notebook?  You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday, June 1st, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Day 2 of of our Carpe Diem release!

And remember, there's still one more fun filled days of amazing new Carpe Diem designs, so meet me back here tomorrow morning!   

 

 

Hello!  It's Layle Koncar, Simple Stories Marketing Director here today to share some pretty exciting news!  We've been in New York City this week exhibiting at the National Stationery show & that means a HUGE new Carpe Diem release - hooray!!  Today is the first of THREE ful days of brand new planners & accessories that we can't wait to share with you!  This is a big one friends, make sure to read to the end of the post for chances to win some of these fabulous new products before you can buy them :)

You also follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and carpediemplanners for additional chances to win! 

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Today brings two brand new designs - Bloom and Beautiful - with new A5 planners & boxed sets, PERSONAL planners - yes!, 16 month dated spiral planners, Traveler's Notebooks & Inserts and more!!  

 

To kick things off - how about some gorgeous prints, Personals & Boxed Sets with Bloom?  With Bloom you'll find a fun Black Blossom and Robin's Egg Personal sized planners,  available a la carte as well as in a Boxed Set.  In addition, how about a Cream Blossom and Clover also available as A5 Boxed Sets?!

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard AND 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning, right out of the box!

When it comes to Bloom accessories, we've got you covered.  Of course, we've also added the Bloom Monthly Insert sets a la carte in both A5 AND Personal sizes so you can add to your existing planners :)

We've had our Doc It Journals now for quite a while and one of the biggest questions we've been getting is 'when will you introduce Traveler's Notebooks'?  Well, you asked and we delivered!  

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Bloom as well!  Even better, the tablets are now sized for A5 or Personal planners, so you'll have just the size sticker you need.  With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your planner.  Bonus - also sized for Personal AND A5!

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

So, what do you think so far?!  Are you excited?  Well, hold on to your hats - I mentioned not one but two new designs in today's release, so let me introduce you to Beautiful!

With Beautiful you'll find a gorgeous mint vintage floral and Blush Personal sized planners, available a la carte as well as in a Boxed Set, and the ever popular Robin's Egg and Blush also available as A5 Boxed Sets!

Here's a little peek into the Boxed Sets inserts, including a gorgeous gold foil acetate dashboard, 3 sticker sheets to jump start your planning right out of the box and gold foil accents throughout!

When it comes to Beautiful accessories, we've got you covered.  For those of you that already have Personal planners or a Carpe Diem A5, the Beautiful Monthly Insert sets are also available a la carte!

Today brings one of two NEW Spiral Planners!  Dated - yes, DATED!! - September 2017 through December 2018, with gold rings and metal corners, 2 sticker sheets and gold foil accents throughout, you're going to love this new addition to the Carpe Diem line of products!

Here's a peek at the insides - 

The gorgeous black vintage floral pattern appearing throughout Beautiful makes a bold statement with this Traveler's Notebook - 

Our Sticker Tablets were so popular with our Winter release that we just had to release them with Beautiful as well!  Even better, the tablets are now sized for A5 or Personal planners, so you'll have just the size sticker you need.  With 12 full sheets of stickers in each tablet, this is a bargain you can't pass up!

Sticky Notes - adhered to a heavy, punched clear acetate sheet, perfect for inserting directly into your planner.  Bonus - also sized for Personal AND A5!

And of course, we couldn't leave out the beloved Washi Tape!

 

 

So there you have it, part 1 of 3 full days of new Carpe Diem planners & accessories.  Bloom & Beautiful are shipping to retailers in September, with the exception of the Beautiful Spiral Planner which ships in early August!

Now for some fun!  How about a chance to win a new Bloom or Beautiful A5 or Personal Planner Boxed Set of your choice?   You have 3 chances to win - 

First, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Second - PIN TO WIN!  Just pin your favorite(s) of the Carpe Diem images in this post, tag your pin with #simplestories and #CarpeDiem, then leave us a comment on this blog post telling us that we've been pinned and include your Pinterest user name.

Third - follow us on Instagram at simplestories_  and/or CarpeDiemPlanners and watch for Carpe Diem posts for a 3rd chance to win! 

I'll announce all of the winners throughout the week in one giant celebratory post here on Thursday, June 1st, so make sure to check back then to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Good luck - we can't wait to hear what you think about Day 1 of of our Carpe Diem release!

And remember, we have two more fun filled days of amazing new Carpe Diem designs, so meet me back here tomorrow morning!   

Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a fun project I did using the Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories! I love this collection! It is so bright and bold and it feels so “of the moment”. It is the perfect collection to use to plan and document your life right now in a cool mini album project. So this month I made a mini album for May called "Love today: my life now" which combines lots of planning goodness with traditional scrapbooking and pocket pages...yay!

I don't know about you, but I am always using emojis in my everyday life now. And so, it felt appropriate to use a scrapbooking collection that has tons of emojis to document my everyday life too! I decided to document my everyday life right now with a combo of memory-planning and memory-keeping, using the planner goodies, Doc-It journal, and a 6x8 mini album with SN@P! Pocket Pages and Emoji Love SN@P! Pack. 

Similar to what I did last month (with my Faith planner to Faith mini album project), I documented my month, May, in my planner and then I moved those calendar pages into a mini album. This time I also decided to do some journaling, list making and note taking in my Doc-It journal too...and then use some info from that to inform my 6x8 mini album. This album is all about documenting my life right now...what is going on, how I am feeling, my plans and activities, etc.

This month was filled with ups and downs. The downs haven't been that bad though, its just that I have mostly just been really, really busy. Which, many of you know, when you are really busy, sometimes things can feel a bit overwhelming. But, when you are busy with something you love doing, then it also feels really good to be constantly working on something that makes you happy! That is how my May has gone! I have been so busy, but I have been so happy too, working on lots of creative projects!

This month marks a new, big creative and business adventure for me, so I am really excited...and also a little bit nervous...like all the time! I think my emotions have been running the gamut this month and so it made perfect sense to use the Emoji Love collection to document all the different feelings that I am feeling right now!!! The different emoji faces are perfect for this!

One big feeling I have definitely been having this month, is a whole lot of love and heart eyes for my hubby, Ryan, for being so very supportive of me right now! He has really helped me a lot this month to get so much accomplished and it is so nice to know that he believes in me!

I am definitely feeling very creative this month too...with my creative mojo flowing! I have definitely been scrapbooking and planning a lot this month and that is always great!

I love that in addition to all the cute face emojis that are included in the collection, there are also a lot of very explanatory words and phrases that helped me to document all that has been happening this month. The busy-ness is described well I think with phrases like “omg” and “wow” and “deal with it” and “need more sleep”!

In addition to all the busy stuff and creative stuff that I documented this month with Emoji Love, it was fun to document the more relaxed, “playful”, of this month as well with the collection. For example, I thought the collection worked really well with our pics from our trip to go see “Gaurdians of the Galaxy” at the movie theater too!

And since Mother's Day was also this month, of course I included that in my album documenting May too!

Alright, well, I hope you enjoyed this combo of memory-keeping and memory-planning that I did this month with my documentation of the “Now” using the awesome collection, Emoji Love by Simple Stories!

I hope I have inspired you to make a fun mini album of your own, documenting your various emotions and activities and plans for your life at the moment!

Happy Scrapping everyone! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoo 

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Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a fun project I did using the Emoji Love collection from Simple Stories! I love this collection! It is so bright and bold and it feels so “of the moment”. It is the perfect collection to use to plan and document your life right now in a cool mini album project. So this month I made a mini album for May called "Love today: my life now" which combines lots of planning goodness with traditional scrapbooking and pocket pages...yay!

 

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I don't know about you, but I am always using emojis in my everyday life now. And so, it felt appropriate to use a scrapbooking collection that has tons of emojis to document my everyday life too! I decided to document my everyday life right now with a combo of memory-planning and memory-keeping, using the planner goodies, Doc-It journal, and a 6x8 mini album with Sn@p pocket pages and Sn@ppack from Simple Stories Emoji Love!

 

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Similar to what I did last month (with my Faith planner to Faith mini album project), I documented my month, May, in my planner and then I moved those calendar pages into a mini album. This time I also decided to do some journaling, list making and note taking in my Doc-It journal too...and then use some info from that to inform my 6x8 mini album. This album is all about documenting my life right now...what is going on, how I am feeling, my plans and activities, etc.

 

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This month was filled with ups and downs. The downs haven't been that bad though, its just that I have mostly just been really, really busy. Which, many of you know, when you are really busy, sometimes things can feel a bit overwhelming. But, when you are busy with something you love doing, then it also feels really good to be constantly working on something that makes you happy! That is how my May has gone! I have been so busy, but I have been so happy too, working on lots of creative projects!

 

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This month marks a new, big creative and business adventure for me, so I am really excited...and also a little bit nervous...like all the time! I think my emotions have been running the gamut this month and so it made perfect sense to use the Emoji Love collection to document all the different feelings that I am feeling right now!!! The different emoji faces are perfect for this!

 

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One big feeling I have definitely been having this month, is a whole lot of love and heart eyes for my hubby, Ryan, for being so very supportive of me right now! He has really helped me a lot this month to get so much accomplished and it is so nice to know that he believes in me!

 

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I am definitely feeling very creative this month too...with my creative mojo flowing! I have definitely been scrapbooking and planning a lot this month and that is always great!

 

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I love that in addition to all the cute face emojis that are included in the collection, there are also a lot of very explanatory words and phrases that helped me to document all that has been happening this month. The busy-ness is described well I think with phrases like “omg” and “wow” and “deal with it” and “need more sleep”!

 

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In addition to all the busy stuff and creative stuff that I documented this month with Emoji Love, it was fun to document the more relaxed, “playful”, of this month as well with the collection. For example, I thought the collection worked really well with our pics from our trip to go see “Gaurdians of the Galaxy” at the movie theater too!

 

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And since Mother's Day was also this month, of course I included that in my album documenting May too!

 

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Alright, well, I hope you enjoyed this combo of memory-keeping and memory-planning that I did this month with my documentation of the “Now” using the awesome collection, Emoji Love by Simple Stories!

 

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I hope I have inspired you to make a fun mini album of your own, documenting your various emotions and activities and plans for your life at the moment!

 

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Happy Scrapping everyone! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoo

Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10) This month I wanted to share with you how I used my Floral Dot Carpe Diem Planner and the Faith collection as my War Binder. This scripture has so much meaning to me that I cried when I first saw the 6X8 pad. I knew right away what I was going to use as my Dashboard.

Throughout my life I've had some very difficult moments. Some that people will never have to go through in their lifetime. From having my first born son prematurely and needed to stay in the hospital for 30 days and just days before he was released was told, to prepare my self for the worst, he most likely is not going to make it! I couldn't understand, and I wasn't going to accept that. Our church prayed at the next service while we were there and by the end of the week he was able to go home. 

When our daughter turned four we went in for a routine checkup and found out she had a heart murmur, but the doc wasn't too concerned, but was concerned enough to have a child cardiologist take a look at her heart. Before I knew it there are 4-5 doctors  in the room with us all whispering among themselves. I felt my heartbeat in my ears. I was like, what is going on! My eyes were darting back and forth. It was then that her cardiologist informed us that she needed to have open heart surgery. I felt like I was punched in the gut. 

 

From surgeries, marriage, and all the other things life throws at me. Sometimes I try to take matters in my own hands and sometimes I did and messed up everything, but God was always there and still is, reminding me to be Still! Through a song playing on the radio, from a friend, from a greeting card to my daily devotion, a sermon on a Sunday morning, on a journal sent to me, and now with a Simple Stories Faith Collection Line. I'm humbled that he would take the time to constantly bring me reminders of who really is in control.

 

 

 

 

The Faith A5 planner inserts are perfect for my war binder. I used the Inspired journal inserts, to keep track of what I was reading, inspiration and prayers. I also made a little flag paperclip bookmark. This has to be one of my favorite color schemes of all time. The florals, mason jars, mint, aqua, pinks and yellow are so beautiful. All of the  journal  cards and stickers are just what I need to add some inspiration and encouragement to my day.

 

 

 

As part of my war binder, I keep my month scripture writing in it. I use the weekly inserts to write down each scripture for the day. 

 

 

 

Jesus is the reason I live and breath, he is my hope and my salvation. I serve him because I need him! My life and everything about me is far from perfect, but I'm thankful to know who is! I am also very thankful that I now have a gorgeous way of documenting all my prayers, daily scriptures and more, using the Faith Collection. 

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Hi everyone! Tara, from Secretbees Studio here today with a super cute home project that is not only functional but looks awesome too! Sometimes we (our family) need a little reminder of the things that have to be done around the house. Using a regular picture frame and the adorable Simple Stories 'Domestic Bliss' paper collection, you can create a charming way to help them remember!

 

I picked up a simple 8x10 frame at my local craft store for this project. You can use any size, but this one is great for showing off the beautiful 'Domestic Bliss' papers and embellishments! You will also need dry erase markers for this - any color will do. Gather all of your supplies and get ready to make something awesome!

I started by using some of the letters from the 4x6 stickers to create a title for my chart. It's always a good idea to use a ruler, or another piece of paper to align your letters evenly! Once positioned where you want them, press firmly so they stay in place.

 
I also layed out  how I wanted my chart to look with the patterned papers, stickers and embellishments before I put it in the frame. The colorful weekly list is one of the 4x6 vertical element cards in the paper pack and worked perfectly! Keep in mind that if you are layering lots of paper together with thick embellishments, it may be harder to fit behind the glass.
 
 
The finished product is sweet and charming and so much better than the actual housework! My favorite part is the kitty sitting in the laundry basket with the sentiment 'Every Day I'm Launderin'. Too funny! I added some special touches to the outside of the frame using more of the chipboard, stickers and washi tape from the collection to make it even cuter!
 
 
Writing with dry erase markers is smooth and easy and will not leave any residue behind when you need to change things up!
 
 
There are so many adorable sentiment stickers in this collection that I couldn't resist using one layered over a label sticker to make a tag for the metal slot at the bottom of the frame.
 
 
A close up of the tag I made using one from the Bits & Pieces layered with stickers and chipboard! I just love the laundry basket brad in the center of the twine bow!
 
 
This home project was so easy and fun to create that I made another one for the weekly dinner menu! The 'Domestic Bliss' collection even has cute embellishments for that!
 
 
Once the week is over and you need to write something new in, just take a tissue or paper towel and wipe off the old. Easy peasy!
 
 
Thanks for taking the time to check out my project! I hope this inspires you to create something cute and functional for your home!

 

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Hello, it's Lisa here today with a rather magical post.
Let's face it, anything Disney related is magical, right?! And that's how this Say Cheese III collection makes me feel. Magical!

I have two projects to share with you today using this collection. I have a layout and a minibook where I will share my secrets with you....the success of making mini books.
 

 
 
I'm going to start with the ' Meeting the Mouse' layout.
  
 
 
 
 
 
I cut down some white card stock so that it could be framed on the cute spotted paper from the collection. I like to frame my scrapbook pages. I just think it's a good finish.
 
I edited my 'meeting the mouse' photo to turn it in to a vintage polaroid print. I love this look and although it does take the quality out of the photo, it keeps it looking vintage, which I quite like.
 
 

 
 I used one of the 'Snap' cards with half a Mickey head on it and by using a craft knife around the outline of the ear, I've turned it in to a little pocket.
 
 

I cut some of the tickets out from the 12x12 Die Cut papers to pop inside the pocket. I also used some to journal on.
 

 
I took another of the patterned papers and cut out the large spots to stick on my page. I also used some of the 'Bits and Pieces' then to embellish. I like the colour contrasts here. The arrows were made by also cutting out from one of the patterned papers.

I'm really happy with how this has turned out. I love all the pops of colour and yet there's still a little 'white space'.

Now on to my next project, my Mini Book.
 

 
This Mini Book was so much fun to make.   I got myself a little stuck with mini books a while back. I used to start them, spend weeks working on them very slowly, step by step, so much procrastinating and they would never get finished.  Then one weekend I made a mega mini book over a weekend.   It then dawned on me the secret to making mini books.
 
 
 
1. Print all your photos and have them ready.
2. Gather all your craft materials and supplies so they are ready in front of you. No more thinking about what paper to use next what embellishments go with what. By using a matching collection like this, all that thought has been done for you and everything coordinates. Make sure you have all your tools there too.
3. Try and create it in one sitting if you can. If this isn't possible then stick with it and make sure you finish it the following day. Chances are (if you are like me) and you walk away, if it's left longer than a few days, it will not get finished.
 
 
 4. Keep a design running throughout the book. This way you don't have to spend too much time thinking how you are going to decorate the pages and when you do decorate each page, it's quick and easy and really makes the mini book flow as you look through. It's very pleasing to the eye seeing this repetitive continuation of the design. Keep it simple. I cut the scalloped patterned paper in to strips and added a strip to the bottom of most of the pages as you can see here above and below. 
 
  
You could also add a heart from the same paper on each page, or use a circle punch ....just something to keep a design flowing.
 
I then work page by page. I choose the order of the pages selecting the papers. Here I used the 12x12 Element papers. They are perfect for Mini Books.
 
 
Then I go through, keeping them in order, adding my photos. Then I go on to add embellishments/stickers. Then any journaling and finally I often like to doodle.
 
 
 
This whole mini book was made in under 2 hours as I stuck to my Mini Book rules. It makes it so easy.
 
Here you can see the pages in order.
 
 
 
 
 
I am so happy with how this has turned out. There is a real sense of achievement when you create a project like this.
 
I do have a YouTube Channel here where you can see me creating both of these projects.
 
Thank you for joining me here. Have a magical day!
 

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Hi again, it's Emma here, I'm back this time to show you what I've been up to with the Domestic Bliss collection, it's a fabulous new line which I'm using in my Carpe Diem A5 planner.  There are so many different items to choose from. 

First things first, which planner to choose? I picked out some of the 12x12 papers from the collection kit and put them against my Ivory, Robins Egg and Ballerina planners to see what looked best, to be honest I liked them all but in the end went for my ever faithful Robins Egg. 

The humour in this line is brilliant, I love all the quotes used, like 'housework can't kill you but why take the chance'!!, it's so important for me to have elements throughout my planners that make me smile, and with this collection they even make me chuckle which can't be a bad thing!

The pockets and dashboard are the first impression you get when you open your planner and for me it's all about stuffing the pockets full of pretty things, I certainly didn't struggle to do this when I had all the bits & pieces and cards from the snap pack at hand! I also used some of the decorative brads and enamel dots for more texture. 

As I said this collection is perfect for the Carpe Diem planner as it has specific items like the 54 piece Home Planner Insert Set which includes home planning inserts, menu & financial pages, dashboard, die cuts, storage pocket, stickers and 6 tabbed dividers. The dividers can be labelled with the stickers included.

The domestic bliss line is full of images of fun household items like the retro vacuum cleaner which you'll find throughout the collection, even on the epoxy metal clips. The doc it journal cover has all these on it, it's so handy to keep in the back pocket of my planner, I also have the shopping list bookmark tablet tucked in the back ready to scribble down what's needed! 

I have filled my weekly pages with washi and stickers and tried to put together a basic routine for housework. I'm using the planner for a multitude of things to try and make the home run more smoothly. Decorating the pages is a pleasure with the 725 stickers you get in the sticker tablet!!

One of the ways I'm using the planner is to keep all the notes that my little boy brings home from school, although you get a pocket divider included with the insert set I wanted to make a few more as they are so handy, it's really easy with the 12x 12 papers to make a simple pocket divider, and then using all the other elements to decorate. You can then store your receipts, stickers, coupons etc in each one. 

 

I hope you've enjoyed looking at a few of the ways I've used the Domestic Bliss collection, I'm certainly enjoying using it all!

If you would like to see more pictures of how I use all the simple stories Carpe Diem products you can find me at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/heartsbyemma

See you next time.

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Hello Friends! It's Kristine Davidson here today and I'm sharing 2 layouts with you using the new collection called CABIN FEVER.  When you look at this collection you might think -" wow, i haven't been camping in years!" but you shouldn't skip this collection all together! I created a layout that wasn't even close to camping - just read my post and you'll see! 

My first layout is called Cabin Fever. I had to borrow a friend's photo to complete a layout using this collection because honestly I haven't been camping in years! I really liked the colors and also that little red truck was just calling my name! So I created a layout based on a gorgeous cabin in the woods. A place where people come to relax, enjoy some quiet time and make some lasting memories. 

I created some layers with several papers from this collection and used a minimal amount of die cuts on this one. I found with the picture of the cabin, i didn't much to enhance it or I didn't want my page to be too busy. 

I cut out the compass from a 4x6 journal card in the kit and then of course that little red truck is sooo cute isn't it !? This collection could be used for a fall layout or spring / summer layout at the cabin or camping as well. 

It's an easy page that you can replicate with no issues, just find that perfect picture!

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My second layout is a fun one - still using the same Cabin Fever collection but I created a page that wasn't about camping or the cabin at all. 

This layout is called " You Make Me Happy".  I apologize that the lighting isn't great on my layout - we haven't seen sun in ages here on the east coast. 

 I started this page by using a cut file in the Silhouette store from the Simple Stories - the GEO Background #194848. I love die cut backgrounds and of course this one was perfect for me. I created my background and then added pieces of papers - to give it more detail I did some sewing all along those lines - it looks good and I don't need to fuss over glue dots or make sure it stays put ;) 

Once I finished with the piecing of the background I started decorating. I wanted to have something that wasn't camping related so I simply used the flowers from the sticker sheet, Bits & Pieces and also chipboard.  I clustered on the left hand side of the photo since my papers on the right were a bit busy as is - I didn't want to overwhelm the page too much. 

I kept some simple colors such as the beige and also the mint green. I also kept a corner with the wood grain paper so I could decorate a bit more on the right bottom corner. 

My title was created using some alpha stickers from the SN@P! basics collection.  I also had a cut file for happy from Kerri Bradford. I added some pop dots behind the word happy to give it some height and then added some enamel dots ;)

As you can see this collection isn't just for those who love camping ;) 

I hope you enjoyed my reveal today and of course we can't wait to see what you create with this collection! Don't forget to tag us on instagram using #SimpleStories and you can come follow me as well at instagram.com/KristineDavidson

Thanks for visiting and talk to you again soon!

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Hello everyone!  It’s Dorymar Perez here!  I hope you had an amazing National Scrapbook Day and a spectacular Mother’s Day weekend!  I want to share with you a beautiful mini album I created using the gorgeous DOMESTIC BLISS collection.  When I saw this collection, I fell in love instantly with the colors, designs, but most of all, the theme: Home!  I wanted to design an album to document the everyday chores to do at home.  In my case, a from everything I do daily – I take care of my brother, my mom, two beautiful daughters, a loving husband, pets and a big house - LAUNDRY is a HUGE task!  OMG, it never ends!

¡Saludos chicas! ¡Por aquí Dorymar Perez! ¡Espero que hayan disfrutado al máximo el Día Nacional del Scrapbook y un fin de semana de madres espectacular!  Quiero compartir con ustedes un hermoso mini álbum con la colección DOMESTIC BLISS.  Cuando vi la colección quedé enamorada al instante con los colores, los diseños y más aún con el tema: CASA.  Quería diseñar un álbum que documente las tareas del día a día en la casa.  En mi caso algo que hago todos los días – es cuidar a mi hermano, mi mamá, mis dos hermosas chicas, mi amado esposo, mis mascotas y mi casa, pero entre las muchas tareas que realizo en el hogar la que para mí es una tarea enorme es el LAUNDRY. ¡OMG nunca termina!

I decided to use the collection to create a box that simulates a washing machine and inside it housed a beautiful mini album with lots of space for photos!  We typically take pictures of special moments, but not photos of the tasks we do as part of daily routine.  My album does not have the photos yet, but each page is designed with a specific photo in mind.

Decidí utilizar la colección para crear una caja que simule una lavadora y en su interior albergue un hermoso mini álbum con mucho espacio para fotos. Por lo general, uno acostumbra tomar fotos de esos momentos especiales, pero no de los momentos arduo trabajo o de la rutina diaria. Mi álbum aún no tiene las fotos, pero cada página está diseñada para la foto que voy a colocar. 

The box measures 6.6” high x 6” long x 5” wide.  I bought some magnetic cans in a dollar store and used its lid and a bubble ornament to form what simulates the door of the washing machine. After cutting the chipboards to the measures indicated above, in one of them, I drew the ornament and made a hole to cover one of its sides later with a transparency.   Then, when placing the ornament, it can be filled with sequins in combination with the bright colors of the collection. I decorated its exterior with flowers hand-cut from the paper, die cuts from Bits and Pieces, Domestic Bliss Decorative Brads, and Enamel Dots from the collection.

La medida de la caja es 6.6 alto x 6 de largo x 5 ancho. Compré en una tienda de dólar unas latas magnéticas y utilicé su tapa y un ornamento de burbuja para formar lo que simula la puerta de la lavadora.  Luego de cortar los “chipboards” a las medidas ofrecidas anteriormente, en uno de ellos tracé el ornamento e hice un agujero para luego con una transparencia cubrir uno de sus lados para que al momento de colocar el ornamento pueda rellenarlo con lentejuelas en combinación con los brillantes colores de la colección.   Decoré su exterior con flores cortadas del papel, “die cuts” de los BITS AND PIECES, Domestic Bliss Decorative Brads y “Enamel Dots de la colección”. 

The mini album measures 6” high, 5” long and 2.5” wide.  It has five pages with pockets and flaps. For the cover, I used a 3 x 4 card, chipboard stickers and enamel dots.  I selected all the elements following the theme of my project.

El mini álbum tiene una medida de 6 alto, 5 de largo y 2.5 de ancho.  El mismo cuenta con cinco páginas con bolsillos y “flaps”. Para su portada utilicé una tarjeta 3 x 4, chipboard stickers y enamel dots.  Fui seleccionando todos los elementos acordes con el tema del proyecto.

You can see that the interior of the cover simulated a room with die cuts and the frame of a 4x4 card. On the first page, I did a flap that opens and used a 4x6 card that is accentuated with die cuts and enamel dots.

En estas páginas quise enfocar lo que es el tema de la colección y el tema que seleccioné, puedes observar que el interior de la portada simulé una sala con piezas de “die cuts” y el marco de una tarjeta 4 x 4. En la primera página hice un “flap” que abre hacia arriba y utilicé una tarjeta 4 x 6 la cual acentúe con “die cuts y enamel dots”.

Here you can see in detail the inside of the flap of the first page. In it, I used brads, chipboard stickers, die cut and stickers to decorate everything that surrounds the frame of the photo.

Aquí puedes observar en detalle el interior del flap de la primera página. En ella utilicé “brads, chipboard stickers, die cut y stickers” para decorar todo lo que rodea el marco de la foto. 

The second and third pages have two flaps that open to the sides.  There is plenty of space for photos and journaling, I continued to embellish all around with die cuts, stickers and washi tape, always focusing on the theme of the project.

La segunda y tercera página tienen dos “flaps” que abren hacia los lados, puedes observar que tienes mucho espacio para fotos y escribir el “journal”.  Sigo acentuando todo su alrededor con “die cuts, stickers y washi tape” enfocándome siempre en el tema del proyecto.

Next, look at pages 4 and 5. Both are filled with super fun elements from the collection. Page 5 has a flap with pocket that has space for journaling and inside it, you can place more photos.

A continuación, observas las páginas 4 y 5.  Ambas páginas están llenas de elementos super divertidos de la colección. La página 5 tiene un flap con bolsillo, en el bolsillo tiene espacio para colocar el “journal” y en el interior del mismo puedes seguir colocando fotos.

The next pages work the same way: flaps that open sideways and are embellished around them with the magnificent elements of the collection – Domestic Bliss Bits and Pieces, Enamel Dots, Chipboards, Combo Stickers and Bless This Mess and Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. All are beautiful!!!

Las páginas siguientes las trabaje de igual forma, “flaps” que abren hacia los lados y acentuado su alrededor con los magníficos elementos de la colección – Domestic Bliss Bits and Pieces, Enamel Dots, Chipboards, Combo Stickers and Bless This Mess and Home Sweet Home Washi Tape. ¡Todos son hermosos!

In all the pages of the mini album, you will find how the elements of the collection are located with the purpose of assigning a specific photo according to the phrases and the theme of the mini album.

En todas las páginas del mini álbum vas a encontrar como los elementos de la colección están ubicados con el propósito asignar una foto específica acorde con las frases y el tema del mini álbum.

I hope you enjoyed the project and that it inspires you.  Happy crafting friends!  Have a great week! Blessings! 

Espero que hayan disfrutado el proyecto y que les sirva de inspiración.    ¡Que pasen una feliz semana! ¡Bendiciones!

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Hello again, Nicole here today to share a few projects on the blog.  I have been sitting on some photos of our family trip to Disney for a few years and thought this was a good opportunity to use some of the fun Say Cheese III collection to document some of those memories!

I chose a mixture of patterned papers and punched a simple row of circles on the bottom of the page. This is a great way to add in some little bullet journaling or sentiment stickers as I chose. An easy way to embellish a project for sure.

I chose to use a mixture of stickers and die cuts from the Bits & Pieces package to embellish the top row of my page, to balance out the bottom grid of circles. It’s also a fun way to add a quick border of paper and smaller embellishments.

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Last month I talked about getting out from behind the camera and scrapping some photos of myself for a change. I have decided to make a greater effort on this over this year and so I have a fun & crazy page to share with you using the Emoji Love collection!

I started this page with a simple white background and trimmed the rainbow effect like paper from the Emoji Love collection and added it to both sides. I really wanted lots of color but needed a way to draw it all together. A great striped paper like this helps do just that, bring all the colors together and is a great starting point for your page.  I decided to hand cut some letters from various patterned papers in the Emoji Love 6x8 paper pad and added that to my page, filling my patterned paper component on the project!

The hand cut letters are a great way to customize the size of your title and add a certain whimsy to your page too! A great way to add in a burst of color. Of course, I needed to add some fun emojis and word bubbles to my project, and used several stickers with some foam adhesive to the back to add a little pop!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog with me today!

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Hi friends, it's Layle!  I'm the Director of Marketing for Simple Stories & I'm back again this Sunday with another installment of our Bible Journaling Sunday Series with guest designer Rachel Lindas.  We've had so much fun seeing her creativity in her bible & had such great feedback from YOU on her process, tips & techniques that we've invited her to stick around for a while and extend the Bible Journaling Sunday Series!  We'll be futuring an in depth blog post from Rachel once per month along with weekly posts on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  Hooray!!

Today Rachel is back sharing a great lesson on attitude for teens using our #Whatever Simple Set - I think you're going to love it!

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Hi, it’s Rachel Lindas and I’m feeling all kinda sunshine and summer vibes these days. I live in Southern California and the weather has started to turn towards those summer days.  With summer on its way I decided to use the gorgeous line by Simple Stories called Sunshine and Happiness

You guys yellow is my favorite color and there is just something about the boldness of the colors and the adorable designs that make me smile when I look at the product.  Since this line was not designed as Faith based line, I had to get a little creative on matching up the creative designs and Bible verses to go with them. But I enjoy that process and challenge. It causes me to do a lot more reading in my Bible to find the verse that speaks to my heart and matches the visual.  

I chose three verses to highlight for today but I have to be honest I could do at least 10 different Bible pages with this Sunshine and Happiness line so I encourage you to follow along and then challenge yourself to keep finding verses that match the artwork.  Before we get started I want to just share that the Sunshine and Happiness Expressions Cardstock sticker is amazing. On one sheet you get 4 different alphas in different sizes and different colors all of which are sized well to fit in the margins of your Bible.  Its a great sheet to add to your collection of Bible Journaling supplies.  

With that said I do want to mention just like our relationship with Jesus goes through different season I am realizing that my Bible Journaling is evolving as well. I just celebrated my birthday and for the past 3 years it has become a tradition for me to start a new journaling Bible because one year’s worth of illustrating in it, makes it pretty full. So last week I started a new Bible and the designs I will be sharing today are from my new Bible and therefore have a bit of a different look. I have been wanting to keep my designs more and more in the margin and on a smaller size so I can have room for two designs on each page if I need it and therefore leaving room for more of my own personal writing as well. To really document the notes I have learned from the verse.  Ok lets get started!

I fell in love with the “You are one in a Watermelon” saying and image and decided to start with that.

I began looking for verses that talked about how you are unique, how God created you, and how there is no one else like you in the world.  As I researched verses on this topic I found in Luke 12:7 “Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”  Love the play on words with replacing million with watermelon as a visual reminder that God knows each one of us intimately and that he treasures each one of us as well.  This line also happened to have adorable birds with red and white polka dots on the wings that tied in perfectly to the watermelon look and the mention of sparrows in the verse.  This page was pretty simple in design I cut the long sticker that said “you are one in a” into three different parts to fit it in the margin and used the slice of watermelon to finish up the saying.  I added the watermelon brad from the line, stuck the cute bird sticker on top of the saying, and then finished with a collection of cut outs and stickers of watermelons to the top of the page allowing the tab to stick out from the page.  I thought the colors on the page were so bright and bold already I didn’t want to add too much color to the page so I used my neocolor II (water soluble wax pastel) to highlight the verse in Ruby Red and then splatter the page using the same Ruby Red neocolor.  Please remember God’s reminder that we are worth much more than the birds.  When you are feeling low or invaluable look to God’s creation.  Get outside and take a moment to see how God provides. 

I carry around a Mason jar filled with ice cold coffee almost every single day and when I finish that coffee I fill up my next mason jar with ice cold water for the rest of the day.  So when I saw the adorable mason jar with the red and white striped straw with lemon slices I was so sold.  

I started searching for verses about being thirsty.  There are many many verses about being thirsty but I felt led to concentrate on this one.  John 4:15 “Sir, the woman said to Him, “give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.” This verse is from the passage about the Samaritan women who Jesus spoke to at the well. He told her about the water that He could give her would never let her be thirsty again.  That it would become a well of water springing up in her for eternal life.  I love this passage in the Bible, I love the visual it gives to us so we can try and understand what Jesus is offering to her and to all of us.  But one of my favorite parts of this passage is how it shows us a real glimpse of grace and how it works.  The women in this story doesn’t really get it yet, she does not fully understand what Jesus is offering her but she knows she wants it.  She says, “give me water”  See you don’t fully have to understand it to receive it.  You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to have a degree in Theology.  The water Jesus is offering that gives us eternal life is for every single one of us, we just have to ask for it.  

So my design...  

I used the mason jar as my back drop that fit perfectly in the margin of my Bible and then took full advantage of all the different alpha sizes that came on the expression cardstock sticker and spelled out “Give me this water.”  I then added the slices of lemon, oranges, and limes to the top stacked on top of one another and coming off the top of the page. I finished it with a brad and the words This Rocks and Woo hoo at the bottom of my design. Then just highlighted the passage with my Faber Castell Pitt artist pen  Big Brush in Cadmium Yellow. 

Ok last layout for today. I really wanted to incorporate this girl in my Bible so I started with her and then just kept looking at the options and was inspired the saying, “Keep your sunny side up.”  

The stickers used this saying with the sunny side egg which is adorable but not the look I was going for so I combined the saying with the girl and began the process for finding a verse about staying positive, being joyful, being happy, looking on the bright side.. etc.  Although there are many options I was drawn to the passage in Philippians were Paul explains how he can remain happy and hopeful as he sits in a prison.  Philippians 1:12-20 “…My eager expectation and hope is that I will bot be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all courage, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”  Say What? You guys this is for real not hey this is how Christ would want you to respond, this is what we should aim for… but this is how Paul was.  Let me be clear this is what we should aim for but my point is through Christ’s strength Paul was able to actually have this sunny side up attitude even in the middle of very bad circumstances. Paul was rejoicing over the fact that God can and will make something good out of something bad and that thrilled Paul.  Paul was joyful that he was  able to do Christ’s work even as he sat in prison.  Pretty amazing perspective right?  Here’s the take away.. We see on the bright side when we keep our eyes on Jesus.

Again another simple but to the point layout that stayed mostly in the margin of my Bible.  I started with building my mini layout in the margin.  I used the High Five paper and punched out a circle to create my back ground for the little lady/  Then I cut the sticker that says, “Keep you sunny side up” into three sections so it would fit in the margin as well.  I added heart stickers to the page and finished by adding a couple swipes of paint with my paint card over the verse.  (This technique I have shown in pervious blog post through a video tutorial if you want to check that out)


My hope and prayer is you leave this post feeling inspired and choosing the sunny side up.  Till next time.. meanwhile dig into God’s Word and use some of those gorgeous scrapbooking lines in your Bible.

Be inspired, Rachel Lindas

 

Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am so excited to be sharing some pages that I have created for my Disney album. We recently had annual passes to the park and although I have already scrapped some photos from our trips I wanted to create an entire album. The thought was to have a place that I could document our fun and magical year. The new Say Cheese 3 collection was the perfect solution. Simple Stories has a darling 6x8 album that has a Mickey Ear shape on the cover with lots of red and white polka dots. I typically don't embellish the fronts of my albums so that I can store them easily. But I do love this album and it's darling Disney theme. 
 
 
Before sitting down to start putting this album together I had a few thoughts. I knew I wanted it to go in chronological order. From our first trip to our last. Then to break it down further I wanted to it to have themes or events. I started with this entry page. I used one of the fun pages that comes with the album and added a few embellishments to it. The large castle on the bottom was the perfect place to add the year and some other embellishments.
 
 
On the next page I added a photo of all 5 of us together. This was our first family photo of the year and I think it was a nice beginning to the album. 
 
 
Opposite the big family photo I have a pocket page protector with a 4x6 journaling card. I wanted to give a brief summary of what this album is about. I also have a photo of Noah's old Mickey hat that I took on Main Street when we first arrived at the park. 
 
 
These photo flip ups are great for adding in extra photos. I added one here and was able to add in another photo and a filler card. To help aid the flip up page I added one the adorable clips. 
 
 
I am going to set up my album with a few things in mind. As I mentioned earlier I am going chronological. These next set of photos are all from one place at the park, Cars Land. There are so many ways that you can organize your album. By day, by theme park, by events, ect. Whatever works for you.
 
 
When you order the Disney SN@P Decorative Binder inside are some great decorative pages. I used this red and white polka dot page to add in some journaling and extra photos. It was really fun to create this page and have it outside of the page protector. I also love the interactive aspect of the page. 
 
 
These types of pages are perfect and fun to add into your mini albums. They break up the pockets and the possibilities are endless. You can use it to add your stories or fill it with photos. Here is a look at the whole inside of this page. I added a strip of photos and then added some journaling on the right side. I used my typewriter for this page but you can also hand write as well. You can kind of tell that I am still getting used to using a typewriter with some errors but I am ok with that. I embellished it a bit here and there. I used some washi tape on the left side of the photo strip along with some clear stickers on the photo strip.
 
 
I had so many fun photos from Cars Land and I made another photo strip and added it on the backside of this page. I used some more washi tape on the top and added in another clip for a cute look. 
 
 
This is what the backside of the polka dot page looks like paired with the other side. I love that it is a smaller size and that you can see multiple pages around it. 
 
 
Before I had put this journaling page together I had put together the next set of pages. You'll see them in a minute. I had this 6x8 big pocket page to work with. So I cut down this 6x8 page that has the lines in it like regular paper does. It originally had holes in to put right into your album. I trimmed them off so that I could add it into my page protector. I had one more favorite photo that I wanted to include and so I added it onto the bottom part of my page. My typewriter came in handy again to get my journaling onto the page easily.  I added some simple embellishments to the top portion of the page and also to the photo. The scalloped edge there under the photo is from a journaling card that I cut up. Thought it could use a little something underneath the photo.
 
 
One last set of pages that I want to share with you here. I have always been a fan of big photos. And I had this great photo of the castle. So I made it stretch over both sides of the album. 
 
 
This photo of the castle has lots of great spaces for embellishing. I cut down one of the 3x4 cards and added it to the left side of the photo. On the other side I added some journaling and then finished it off with some embellishments. These chipboard pieces that have a watercolor look are my favorite. I added one of them to the top of my journaling.
 
 
I can't tell you how much fun I had putting some of my pages together in my Disney album. I didn't want to stop. Ha Ha. I hope that you have gotten some inspiration for an up coming Disney album or another theme. Have a great day everyone and thanks for coming. 

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